Course Information for Medical and Bioinformatics M.S.

Curriculum Design

The Medical and Bioinformatics Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree program has a course design common to all three GVSU PSM programs:

  • specific courses for critical content in Medical and Bioinformatics
  • laboratory experiences essential for the development of requisite skill and knowledge sets
  • a common seminar series
  • a capstone course and internships to provide essential hands-on learning in the field

Common characteristics of all three PSM programs are:

  • interdisciplinary
  • non-thesis
  • involve both the university and its industry partners
  • emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, communication
  • scientific knowledge and technical skills
  • designed to integrate university coursework with hospital, business, and industrial internships to better prepare students for the variety of career paths associated with the life science and health science industry


Course List

Overall requirements for the MS in Medical and Bioinformatics consist of 36 credits, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Consistent with Grand Valley policy, all courses must be completed within 8 consecutive years from entry into the first graduate course.

Common courses are shared among the three PSM programs to encourage interdisciplinary team work. The specific course requirements include:

Four Common Core Courses (12 cr.)

  • CIS 661 Introduction to Medical & Bioinformatics
  • CMB 610 Foundations of Biotechnology
  • PSM 650 Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Science
  • Introduction to Biostatistics - Choose one of the following:
    • STA 610 Applied Statistics for Health Professions
    • STA 622 Statistical Methods for Biologists

Common Seminar Course (2 cr.)

  • PSM 662 Seminar in Professional Science Practice

Five Directed Courses (15 cr.)

  • CIS 635 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
  • CIS 671 Information Visualization
  • CIS 673 Principles of Database Design
  • Choose either sequence 1. or 2. (2-Course Sequence)
    1. CIS 677 High-Performance Computing and

      CIS 678 Machine Learning
    2. CIS 665 Clinical Information Systems, and either:

    • PA 630 Health Administration and Service or
    • PA 635 Hospital Organization and Management

Internship (4 cr.)

  • PSM 691 Internship

Capstone Course (3 cr.)

  • CIS 691 Medical and BioInformatics Capstone

Biomedical Informatics Certificate:

A certificate in the area of Biomedical Informatics is awarded to a student who completes a content area. Admission criteria for a certificate program are identical to admission criteria for the master’s degree program. Certificate candidates enroll in the standard master’s degree program courses, with grading criteria being identical. Should a certificate candidate decide to change to the master’s degree program, all coursework taken toward the certificate will apply to his or her master’s degree program. The following certificate require a 3-course sequence, which totals 9 credit hours:

Biomedical Informatics Certificate:

Electives (choose 2):

Hybrid Classes

The following courses are offered as hybrid classes and they are the part of the Biomedical and Informatics certificate.

Medical and Bioinformatics Computational Resources

State of the art computational resources and professional software accessible online.

If you have any additional questions regarding your degree, please feel free to contact the MBI Graduate Chairperson, Dr. Guenter Tusch at